News: Marathon reading of Swallows and Amazons marks 50th anniversary of Arthur Ransome’s death

Swallows and AmazonsChild actress Hannah Jayne Thorpe, who played the part of Peggy in last year’s film version of Swallows and Amazons, will take part in a marathon reading of  Arthur Ransome’s classic children’s story to be staged this summer on the shore of the lake where the tale was set.

The event, which marks the 50th anniversary of the death of the author, takes place at Coniston on Sunday, September 3.

Other readers include the film’s screenplay writer Andrea Gibb and Christina Hardyment, author of several Arthur Ransome related books and senior executor for the Arthur Ransome Literary Estate.

It’s expected the book’s 31 chapters will take around nine hours to read.

Find out more here.

By Sue Featherstone.

News: Birthday giveaway celebrates Lakewater Press, publisher of A Falling Friend

A Falling Friend book coverHappy Birthday to us!

It’s one year today (March 21) since our wonderful publisher Lakewater Press was launched and we’re celebrating with a giveaway of our first novel A Falling Friend, a former Yorkshire Post Top 5.

Our book was the third of three launch titles published by Lakewater, a small boutique publisher, with a worldwide reach, based in Queensland, Australia. Continue reading

Meet the author: double thrills from crime writer Sheryl Browne

Sheryl BrowneMeet Sheryl Browne, whose psychological thrillers After She’s Gone and Sins of the Father, books one and two in the DI Matthew Adams series, are out now.

Find out about the holiday that never was, why there’s room on her sofa for George Clooney and why he can expect to be tempted with cupcakes.

My name: Sheryl Browne.

My family: consists of my son, partner and a selection of odd dogs (I foster disabled dogs and invariably end up keeping most of them).

I was born in… Birmingham, UK, but moved around Continue reading

Review: IAN Thriller of the Year finalist strikes gold with Ares Road, second title in Jake Caldwell series

ares-road-2-2It’s a tribute to the authenticity that James L. Weaver brings to his reformed mob enforcer Jake Caldwell in his new thriller Ares Road that I’ve just spent ten minutes deliberating whether I’d want to live with his hard man with a heart of gold.

Common sense suggests men like Jake are TROUBLE.

It’s a tough call, though, because Jake, like his alter ego Jack Reacher in the Lee Child books, is a good guy with a chequered history, who is trying to re-invent himself.

But, Jake, unlike Reacher, is not afraid of commitment and, having re-discovered his former Continue reading

Blog tour: Ares Road a gritty new crime thriller from James L.Weaver

Ares Road blog tourHappy to be hosting today’s blog tour stop for fellow Lakewater Press author James L. Weaver, with Ares Road, the second book in his hard-hitting, character-driven Jake Caldwell series.

The series opener Poor Boy Road was one of the best new crime thrillers of 2016.

An IAN Thriller of the Year finalist, it introduced reformed mob enforcer Jake, an endearingly attractive hard guy with a heart of gold.

Now Jake is trying to go straight – but his first job as a private investigator doesn’t go quite as planned…

See our review here.

Meet the author: James L. Weaver, the marathon man who wants to be a survivor.

Meet the author: James L. Weaver, a marathon runner who wants to be a survivor

james-2Meet  James L. Weaver, whose new novel Ares Road (published by Lakewater Press), follows the adventures of former mob enforcer Jake Caldwell.

Jake made his debut in Poor Boy Road, one of the best crime thrillers of 2016, which was named as a finalist in the IAN thriller of the Year competition.

Find out fun facts about Kansas City, why James believes in equal opportunities for potatoes and why he fears revealing his guilty secret will lead to a retraction of his Man Card.

My name: James L. Weaver. I was named after my dad’s best friend from his hometown who was killed in Vietnam.

This spring I took a business trip to DC and found him on the Vietnam Memorial wall.

My family: My immediately family consists of my wife of almost 20 years and my two
teenage kids, one of whom is scoping out colleges and making me feel really old.

Oh, and I can’t forget Dixon, our 8-month old festively plump beagle. Continue reading

Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a delightful dish

the-guernsey-literary-and-potato-peel-pie-societyThere may be more indigestible dishes than potato peel pie.

But, offhand, it’s hard to think what they might be.

And, it is, perhaps, telling that The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows doesn’t actually include a pie recipe.

But it doesn’t need one: this is a gourmet book about an extraordinary group of people surviving – just about – the German Occupation of the Channel Islands.

The story opens in 1946 – author Juliet Ashton, who Continue reading

Review: Complex plot makes Book 3 in Sphere’s Divide fantasy saga a tough read for series newcomers

spheres-divide-iiiFantasy writers don’t always get the respect they deserve.

While other authors have to think about research, and plotting, and characterisation – not to mention the little business of actually writing their magnus opus – the fantasy guys also have to create a whole new universe, complete with rules and regulations and customs and a back-story to match.

A massive undertaking, requiring ingenuity and enormous attention to detail.

So hats off to JC Norman, author of the third novel in the Sphere’s Divide saga, Tragedies of Emotion, for imagining a fantastical, complex Continue reading

Interviewing: Some useful tips to help get you started

Talking to authors about their lives and books for your blogs and website can be a daunting process. What if you ask the wrong question? What if you forget to ask a crucial question? What if the author doesn’t want to tell you something? What if they want to tell you too much?

Should you do a face-to-face interview – or will it be over the phone or, more commonly, via email?

Just how do you cope in an interview situation? Where do you start and what do you need to remember? Continue reading

Cover reveal: Reputation is everything as DS Kay Hunter hunts a brutal serial killer

Blank white book w/pathHelp author Rachel Amphlett celebrate the publication of Will to Live, the second installment in her DS Kay Hunter crime thriller series.

Rachel’s throwing a Facebook launch party on April 04 and you can join her here between 8-9.30pm.

In the meantime, feast your eyes on the gorgeous cover of the new book, which promises to be every
bit as riveting a read as the series opener, Scared to Death.

About the book

When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as ‘Suicide Mile’, it soon transpires the man was a victim of a calculated murder. Continue reading